Current Exhibition

Expressionist Woodcuts and Linocuts from the Collection Museum August Macke Haus
in Dialogue with Benjamin Badock, Christiane Baumgartner, Gabriela Jolowicz, Christoph Ruckhäberle, Tal R, Gert & Uwe Tobias, Barthélémy Toguo,
Georg Winter

12 April – 15 September 2019

As an artistic medium, woodcuts and linocuts intimately reflect of the quintessence of Expressionism. "Unadulterated" and "pure" are the expressive characteristics of the print technique that artists of the time rediscovered and employed. On display in the show are works by artists ranging from Erich Heckel, Jacoba van Heemskerk, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Fifi Kreutzer, Franz Marc, Ewald Mataré, Maria Uhden to Evarist Adam Weber and others.

August Macke, Plakatentwurf Ausstellung Rheinischer Expressionisten, 1913, Linolschnitt aquarelliert © Kunstmuseum Bonn / Foto: Reni Hansen
Franz Marc, Drei Tiere, 1912, Holzschnitt auf Japanpapier © Museum August Macke Haus, Dauerleihgabe Sammlung Walter und Hedwig von Scheven / Foto: Günter Weber, Bonn
Evarist Adam Weber, Die erste Sitzung, um 1910, Farbholzschnitt © Evarist Adam Weber Archiv / Foto: Günter Weber, Bonn

Juxtaposed and in direct dialogue with the Expressionists are eight contemporary perspectives. An aspect of particular fascination today is the age-old print technique, the slow creative process with the knife on the block, the handling of the material. Whether Tal R carves images into a collection of antique breakfast boards to create his Almanach prints, Ruckhäberle cuts wallpaper designs on wood, or Jolowicz produces subtle glimpses into everyday life, reminders of the pioneers of the modern movement are evident. And yet, there is a radical difference in the way the medium is being used. The woodcut has charted new dimensions (Baumgartner, Tobias, Badock), not only in terms of format; plates often serve an additional sculptural function as is the case with Toguo and Winter. In many respects, contemporary works generate spatial effects and may well claim to be called installations.

Benjamin Badock, Tagesschau I, 2011, Hochdruck, 4-teilig © Benjamin Badock
Barthélémy Toguo, Einwanderung, aus: Urban Requiem, 2015, Stempeldrucke auf Papier © Courtesy Nosbaum Reding, Luxembourg / Foto: Tanja Bettega / Nosbaum Reding / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Gert & Uwe Tobias, o.T., 2014, Holzschnitt auf Leinwand, Auflage: 1 von 2 © Braunsfelder Family Collection, Köln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue whose layout and production, visual appearance, and surface effects reflect the various aspects of the show. The cooperation with Christoph Ruckhäberle's Lubok Verlag in Leipzig continues the tradition of the Expressionist artist almanac. The exhibition poster has been designed by Benjamin Badock and is published as an original graphic edition.

Curators: Dr. Ina Ewers-Schultz and Dr. Birgit Kulmer

Gabriela Jolowicz, Odds and $ods, 2016, Holzschnitt auf Papier © Gabriela Jolowicz / Foto: Emmanuel Post
Georg Winter, Großflächensprüher, 2018, Holzdruck (Offsetfarbe) auf Transparentpapier © Georg Winter / Foto: Th. Gretzinger, Biberach

Sponsors of the exhibition: